Academic Librarian/ Senior Academic Librarian

from 5 to 10 year(s) of Experience

Job Description

Main Purpose:

An Academic Librarian manages, organizes, evaluates and disseminates information, providing support to members of an academic community including students, researchers and lecturing staff.

The Academic Librarian will also carry out:

  • Resource ordering
  • Specialist collections
  • IT systems
  • Library projects

The successful candidate will spend considerable time working with electronic resources, involving database and web content management. The role requires strong customer focus. The Academic Librarian will support ICRISAT and ICARDA Scientists to ensure that all products delivered are uploaded on the Centers€™ Institutional Repositories.


  • Develop and manage collections of books and journals (both paper and electronic), as well as websites;
  • Select, acquire and catalogue information using library and information software (ICRISAT/ICARDA publications, following up with scientists on their publications and cataloguing into ICRISAT€™s Open Access Repository (OAR) at and ICRARDA MEL at;
  • Create, update and manage electronic and printed information resources (Manage and upload Information in OAR and contribute to development of new features. Manage other library digital platforms such as €InfoSAT and KOHA€);
  • Assist researchers with literature searches using databases, printed resources and the internet-based tools;
  • Provide information to all indexing agencies for both ICRISAT and ICARDA;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with academic staff and students, as well as external bodies such as suppliers;
  • Take on responsibility, in some cases, for archives and update other special collections;
  • Deal with user enquiries, which may involve one-on-one advice sessions;
  • Keep up to date with developments in the library sector and participate in professional groups or networks;
  • Perform other related technical and administrative duties as assigned by the supervisor/s.

Qualifications and competencies

  • Masters in Library and Information sciences or related experience
  • At least 5 years of work experience especially in a research institute
  • Strong customer €“ centered approach towards work
  • Experience in any Database Management system
  • Knowledge of and experience curating knowledge products
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft office suites
  • Ability to work in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams
  • Result-oriented mindset, proactive responsiveness, ability to work under pressure and remotely
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Affiliations with relevant professional organizations in librarianship


The selected candidate will be placed in the Locally Recruited Staff (LRS) cadre as Academic Librarian or in the Scientific and Managerial Group (SMG) cadre as Senior Academic Librarian. The position is initially for a period of three years, renewable based on the performance of the incumbent and the institute€™s continuing need for the position.

How to apply:

Applicants should apply on or before 8 December2020, with latest Curriculum Vitae, and the names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable about your professional qualifications and work experience. All applications will be acknowledged, however only short listed candidates will be contacted.

"ICRISAT is an equal opportunity employer"

Salary: Not Disclosed by Recruiter

Industry:Agriculture / Dairy

Functional Area:Other

Key Skills

Desired Candidate Profile

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Company Profile


The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) is an international autonomous, non-profit, research organization supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). ICARDA's  mission is to reduce poverty, enhance food, water and nutritional security, as well as environmental health in the face of global challenges including climate change. We do this through innovative science, strategic partnerships, linking research to development and capacity development that take into account gender equality and the role of youth in transforming the dry areas. ICARDA works in partnership with governments, universities, civil society, national agricultural research organization, other CGIAR research Centers, and the private sector. With its temporary Headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon, ICARDA operates in regional and country offices across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. For more information: ICRISAT is a non-profit, non-political organization that conducts agricultural research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with a wide array of partners throughout the world. Covering 6.5 million square kilometers of land in 55 countries, the semi-arid tropics is home to over 2 billion people, with 650 million of these being the poorest of the poor. ICRISAT and its partners help empower those living in the semi-arid tropics, especially smallholder farmers, to overcome poverty, hunger, malnutrition and a degraded environment through more efficient and profitable agriculture. Headquartered in Patancheru near Hyderabad, India ICRISAT has two regional hubs and five country offices in sub-Saharan Africa. ICRISAT, established in 1972, is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. For more details, please visit
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